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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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BPL email: roger@backpackinglight.com
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Renewable down standard
When done ethically, the down from birds on Eastern European 'down farms' is collected at the peak of the moult, when the birds are shedding all the old down. It almost falls off. Is it sti...

In On the Web » Renewable down standard
October 21, 3:32am

Re: Better living through chemistry.
> Minutes later, it was a large campfire and she was warming up. Meanwhile, you were sweating with all that running about ... Cheers

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
October 21, 3:28am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Supplex Mountain Shirt
Hi Huzefa > I am finding it quite ok in the hot and humid weather here. I don't think the airflow through the fabric is the only factor. The looseness of the cut is probably more signifi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Supplex Mountain Shirt
October 20, 3:07pm

Re: two types of o-rings?
> There's a "BS011 Viton 90" and a "BS011 Viton 75". Durometer or hardness values, as Greg said. For cold weather or winter use you definitely want the softer one (75...

In GEAR » Snow Peak LiteMax stove malfunction? or was it the canister's fault? or maybe just my own stupidity?
October 20, 3:03pm

Re: Re: Renewable down standard
> So it is possible to get down from duck and geese without killing them, Of course. Look up Polish down farms or similar. The older the birds, the better the down. 15 year old birds in some c...

In On the Web » Renewable down standard
October 20, 2:57pm

Re League of Denial
> the CO2 increase is half as much as expected from the amount of fossil fuels burned. > But they figured that was because the ocean has absorbed half the CO2, Current research suggests t...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
October 19, 7:21pm

Re: Re League of Denial
> other causes that may explain what really drives the weather, because CO2 is looking > less and less like the culprit. Looking into other causes is always good. That's called honest...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
October 19, 6:09pm

Re: Re: Product use update
> I've been curious why they don't use silicone coatings with WPB rain gear? Silicone is incompatible with fluorocarbon DWR, and it is much softer as well. It abrades off and cannot be...

In GEAR » which waterproofing agent?
October 19, 3:01pm

Re: Re: Fabric for a MYOG innertent
I like the yellow. Very cheerful. Cheers

In Make Your Own Gear » Fabric for a MYOG innertent
October 19, 2:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Supplex Mountain Shirt
Hi Huzefa > I am puzzled though by looking at Roger's Top: > How did he manage to make it 6.1 oz?! Yes indeed: you can get Supplex in different weights. I have fabric from three d...

In Make Your Own Gear » Supplex Mountain Shirt
October 19, 2:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm